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Associate Professor and Chair
Animal Science
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:lactation physiology; mammary development; milk composition; genomics
Biography:McFadden's areas of interest focus on lactation physiology, mammary development, milk composition, and genomics. His research seeks understanding of mammary gland biology toward developing new ways to harness the potential of that gland's contribute contribution to mankind. One area is identifying genetic and physiological factors that regulate mammary development. This work aims at optimizing mammary development in dairy heifers and cows to increase their potential for milk production. Because it involves understanding the basic mechanisms that control mammary cell growth, it also applies to breast cancer. Another area of research focuses on regulation of milk composition. Improvement of milk composition can better meet human nutritional requirements or to lead to new, higher value dairy products.